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Arab League urges int’l pressure on Israel to halt demolition of Palestinian village

The Arab League urged on Sunday the international community to exert immediate pressure on Israel to halt the demolition of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin village east of Jerusalem.

Israel should also be pressured to halt the systematic settlement activities meant to isolate East Jerusalem, the Arab League’s Palestine and the occupied Arab territories sector said in a statement.

Such moves will divide the West Bank and eliminate any chances to reach a peaceful settlement based on the two-state solution, the pan-Arab group noted.

Israel has tightened its blockade on Al-Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin community after a one-week notice expired on Sept. 12.

The Israeli high court rejected an appeal by the residents of the Bedouin community and ruled in favor of its demolition after evicting the residents on Sept. 5.

After the court ruling, the Palestinians have vowed to sue Israel at the International Criminal Court if the village is demolished.

More than 200 homes and community structures, including a school, a mosque, a healthcare center, are slated for demolition in the area, where nearly 1,400 Palestinians reside.

The village suffers a lack of basic services and infrastructure, such as electricity network, sewage system or proper roads.

Al-Khan Al-Ahmar is one of the 46 Bedouin communities in the central West Bank that the United Nations considers at risk of forcible transfer.

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